Dedication Ceremony to Celebrate New Sultan Boys & Girls Club

A dedication ceremony will take place Friday, June 5 at the new building which will host the Sultan Boys & Girls Club. The event will be at 11:00am at 605B First Street in Sultan. Destroyed by fire on Christmas Eve 2010, the new 6,000 sq. ft. building offers a classroom; a Technology Center; a Teen Center; a games room; and the Community ECEAP Preschool (Early Childhood Education Assistance Program), a preschool operated by the Volunteers of America Western Washington (VOAWW). A second phase of construction later this year will include a 7,000 sq. ft gym. The new facility, located on VOAWW land in Sultan, was built through a partnership between the City of Sultan, Volunteers of America, and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Snohomish County (BGCSC), and with funding support from the State of Washington and Snohomish County.

The Sultan staff couldn’t be more excited about the opening of the new Club,” expressed Sultan Club Site Director, Cherise Crawford. “A lot of our members have never had anything brand new. The kids need a place they can call their own; a safe place where they can be a kid yet still have guidance and age appropriate programs available to help them become responsible, caring citizens of this great community.”

The Club will continue to provide recreational, social, and educational programs to school age youth ages 5-18 before and after school, and during scheduled school breaks, including the summer. The new facility will allow the Sultan Club to provide a broader range of educational and enriching programs for youth and will include an up-to-date Technology Center and Teen Center. A community room and gym (in 2016) will be available for use by community groups, including athletic teams, when the Club is not open. In the Community ECAEP Preschool, VOAWW currently serves 30 children (15 in the morning and 15 in the afternoon). The new facility will have the capacity to serve 40 children (20 in the morning and 20 in the afternoon).

The community is very excited this is finally happening; the opportunities this program offers our children are invaluable,” commented Sultan’s Mayor, Carolyn Eslick.

New activities as a result of this expansion will include a dedicated space for teens that will be used daily for teen-specific programming as well as informal teen-only socializing. Also, the Technology Center will provide computers for youth to use to complete their homework, for recreation, and to participate in Boys & Girls Clubs of America digital literacy programs. The new expanded facility will allow the Club to serve more youth per day while also increasing the amount of programs offered daily, increasing the reach of the Club, and the impact on youth.

We couldn’t be happier to have a brand new Boys & Girls Club in downtown Sultan,” commented Sultan School District Superintendent, Dan Chaplik. “This Club will be a benefit to the students, school district and parents in our community. We’ve always had great relationships with the Boys & Girls Club and they do so many wonderful things on behalf of youth, it’s great to have that partnership and we’re excited.”

Join the Sultan community and the kids who will benefit from this new building Friday, June 5 at 11:00am to commemorate this joyous occasion.

Safeco Insurance Helps Feed our Kids

The Safeco Insurance Foundation awarded the Boys & Girls Clubs of Snohomish County with a $15,000 grant to support our Kids Café program. Kids Café is our snack and meal program through which we provide healthy snacks after school as well as breakfast and dinner in our Clubs serving high needs communities. Kids Café nourishes kids’ bodies so they have the energy to allow them to participate in fun academic, recreational, and social programs. Thank you Safeco Insurance for helping set the foundation for kids to reach their full potential.

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Coastal Community Bank to Partner with BGCSC

Coastal-Community-BankBoys & Girls Clubs of Snohomish County is pleased to announce a new partnership with Coastal Community Bank. Coastal has chosen to be the premier sponsor the Youth of the Year program for Clubs under the BGCSC umbrella. The year-long program culminates with a dinner honoring Youth of the Year attended by our Board and key community members.

Established in 1947, Youth of the Year is BGCA’s premier recognition program for Club members, promoting service to Club, community and family; academic success; strong moral character; life goals; poise and public speaking ability. The program is most effective when used as a year-round tool for fostering young people’s character, personal growth and leadership qualities.

Local Clubs recognize members ages 14 to 18 as Youth of the Month winners and select a Youth of the Year, who then participates in state competitions. State winners each receive a $1,000 scholarship and participate in regional competitions. Five regional winners each receive a $10,000 scholarship and compete on the national level. The National Youth of the Year receives up to an additional $50,000 scholarship and is recognized by the President of the United States.

For more information about Youth of the Year or to view last year’s candidates, click here.

2015 Campaign for Kids Kicks Off May 1st

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 BGCSC announces the kick-off of its Annual Giving Campaign beginning May 1st and running through June 30th.

The Campaign for Kids is the primary source of funding for our organization. Contributing to CFK helps establish a base of supporters who are involved, informed, and committed to our work. We never turn a child away. No child is denied access to programs and membership. A membership is $30 annually, but the true cost for each kid is over $450 annually.

Why Your Support is needed in Snohomish County:

  • 13% of kids under the age of 18 are living in poverty
  • 336,345 of Washington’s school age children are alone and unsupervised after school
  • 61% of children 9-13 do not participate in organized physical activity outside of school

How Your Support will help

  • BGCSC serves over 18,000 kids ages 5-18 annually in our 20 Clubs
  • BGCSC serves over 2,000 meals and snacks to kids everyday
  • Over 400,000 hours of homework assistance is provided annually
  • Nearly 10,000 kids participated in sports through the Clubs in 2014

For More Information on Becoming a Kid Champion
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Comcast to Bring Positive Change to Monroe Club

On Saturday, April 25, more than 175 local Comcast NBCUniversal employees and their families, friends and community partners will “make change happen” as they volunteer to improve the Monroe Boys & Girls Club as part of the 14th annual Comcast Cares Day. Comcast Cares Day, which takes place each April during National Volunteer Month, is Comcast NBCUniversal’s companywide celebration of their year-round commitment to service and the nation’s largest single-day corporate volunteer effort in the country.

This year, volunteers will participate in a range of projects at the Monroe Club intended to revamp and upgrade the Club, including: painting the interior of the building (excluding the gym), cleaning the interior and exterior of the building, building new storage cubbies, and landscaping which may include new fencing, raised garden beds and picnic tables.

“I think the kids will be able to take pride in their new Club.  They have been asking for a “refresh” and this is an opportunity to show them that we are listening and their opinions matter.  I think others who may not come to the Club on a regular basis will see this as a new, modern hangout for kids.  This will be [a place] they will be more excited about coming to” expressed newly appointed Monroe Club Unit Director, Jeff Rasmussen.

In addition to Comcast Cares Day, through a partnership between The Comcast Foundation and United Way Worldwide, the Club will also be receiving a $25,000 grant to help kids get active and healthy. The grant includes technology to help the Club become a central hub for running a program using Sqord. Sqord utilizes a watch-like device and encourages kids to be physically active and helps them remain so by connecting with their peers and engaging in fitness challenges.

“We’re proud to partner with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Snohomish County to bring resources to the Monroe Club during our 14th Comcast Cares Day,” said Steve Kipp, Vice President for External Affairs of Comcast in Washington. “Our employees are looking forward to supporting them through a day of volunteering. And the Sqord program, launching in Monroe, is a great way of combining our digital literacy initiatives with United Way’s health and wellness efforts. We’re excited for the benefits this program can have for Monroe youth and the whole community.”

Pictures of the event will be posted on the Boys & Girls Clubs of Snohomish County website (bgcsc.org) and Facebook following the event to showcase the work of volunteers and the new Club renovations.